Written by Dr Sandra Miranda, ND
If you are like most people, you are busier than busy. Family, career, responsibilities in your home, and education are all part of your life. Suddenly, you recognize that quite a bit of time has passed you by in your chaotic lifestyle. You may start to notice going up and down the stairs hurts your knees a little bit more, and you may notice that your back is not as strong as it used to be when you were younger.
During this time, it is crucial to your health and wellbeing to stop and take notice of what your body is trying to say to you. All your body really wants you to do is to listen. That is right; these telltale signs are ways of your body asking you to please pay attention, slow down, or do things differently. Perhaps it is also your body’s way of saying, "hey, something is missing, wrong or toxic here."
While aging is an inevitable part of the cycle of life, have you ever considered that you get to choose how you age? More and more studies are proving that the way you are in your latter years of life is the result of how you behave in your middle life years - as far as aging goes anyway.
If you take a proactive stance for your health early on, you will have amazing results. You do have a choice about how you age in your future by concentrating on that important aspect now.
Exercise and Fitness
If you have not exercised for years or if you feel that you are simply too busy, then you are almost guaranteed to experience more difficulty in your older years. By exercising now, you give your body two benefits: one for your present health and a gift for your future health.
Studies are showing repeatedly that those who exercise, simply age better. The physical body benefits from exercise in many ways:
- Improved cardiovascular system
- Lower blood pressure
- Well-maintained blood sugar levels
- Strengthened joints and muscles
- Balance Hormones
- Helps your body deal with stress better
On a mental note, exercise and fitness improves your mind in so many ways both now and for your future:
* Better mood
* Feeling happier
* Sleeping better
* A feeling of overall wellness
* Less fatigue
* Clarity of mind
You Are What You Eat
Foods to eat now that would benefit you later would include some of the following:
* Fresh fruits and vegetables
* Protein (such as beans, hemp hearts, chicken breast, organic eggs, tofu, plain greek yogurt, etc)
* Nuts and seeds
Have you ever heard the expression that you are what you eat? Well, studies now show the direct benefit of specific foods on aging. With the knowledge and power available to us from eating food that is readily available, it makes sense to tap into this wellspring of youth in our now, so that our future will be one of graceful aging.